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The BBHQ 70s Quiz

The 70s was a heck of a decade. Some things happened that never happened; and some didn't... that did.

We're here to clear the record.

For each question below, click if you think the event occurred in the 70s, if you think it occurred before or after the 70s, and if you think we made the whole thing up. When you're done, we'll tally the whole thing

1. Man walked on the moon for the first time.

2. "All in the Family" debuted on television.  

3. The astronauts of Apollo 13 had to abort their mission when an oxygen tank exploded.

4. The Russians landed a man on the moon.

5. Puerto Rico became a state.

6. Richard Nixon was forced to resign from the presidency.

7. An oil shortage caused motorists in the U.S. to have to wait in line... sometimes for hours, to fill up their tank.

8. The Supreme court ruled, in the famous Miranda ruling, that a suspect must be informed of his rights before he can be questioned.

9. Elvis died.

10. An accident at a nuclear plant in Pennsylvania generated fears of a "nuclear meltdown."

11. President Kennedy was assassinated.

12. President Nixon imposed wage and price controls in an attempt to hold down inflation.

13. The U.S. gave up in the war in Vietnam.

14. Nearly half a million boomers partied at an event called Woodstock.

15. The Supreme Court ruled that abortion was legal.

16. The voting age was lowered from 21 to 18.

17. Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated.

18. The U.S. military draft came to an end.

19. Charismatic cult leader Jim Jones led hundreds of followers to Central America, and then convinced them to commit suicide.

20. The Supreme Court ruled that capital punishment laws on the books were unconstitutional. Hundreds of convicted murderers thus automatically had their death sentences nullified.

21. Feminist Gloria Steinem ran for president.

22. A U.S. vice-president was forced to resign amid charges of bribery.

23. Ronald Reagan was elected president.

24. The disco was "in."

25. The disco was "out."


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26. Nelson Rockefeller became Vice-President.

27. The FCC was flooded with requests for CB licenses as hundreds of thousands of motorists jumped on the CB (Citizen's Band) radio bandwagon. "Breaker, breaker 19 - we got a convoy here."  

28. The personal computer was born.

29. "Saturday Night Live" premiered on NBC television.

30. Cell phones became popular.

31. Bill Gates dropped out of college and formed the Microsoft Corporation.

32. Eight-track tape players were "in."

33. Eight-track tape players were "out."

34. Gov. George Wallace was assassinated while running for president.

35. The Surgeon General announced for the first time that smoking was a health hazzard.

36. Commercials for cigarettes were banned from television and radio.

37. President Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon for any crimes he may have committed in connection with the Watergate scandal.

38. The Beatles went their separate ways.

39. The Ed Sullivan Show went off the air. Guests on the last show included Gladys Knight and the Pips.

40. John Lennon was assassinated.

41. Jane Fonda visited North Vietnam, thus serving as a propaganda tool of the North Vietnamese.

42. The first Super Bowl was played.

43. "M*A*S*H" premiers as a series on television.

44. Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson team up to record "Ebony and Ivory."

45. Two women tried but failed... to shoot the president.

46. Muhammad Ali retained his heavyweight title by defeating Smokin' Joe Frazier in the "Thrilla' in Manila."

47. The Miller Brewing Company introduced the world to Lite beer.


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Great Trivia at BBHQ:

The BBHQ Trivia Library - 18 books and hundreds of boomer trivia questions
Name That Tune! - Name the artist and song
Name That Tune - the 70s Edition - Hit Tunes from the 70s
Who Said That? - "The devil made me do it!" - Can you tell us... who said that?
The Name Game - Match the musical artist with the group
The Boomer Movie Quiz - How well do you remember the movies of the 60s and 70s?
What's in a Number? - 16 O... in a P.... - Could you identify "Ounces" and "Pound"?
What's in a Number? - the Boomers R&R Edition - 3 D... N... - Could you identify "Dog Night"?
The 60s Quiz - What did... and did not... happen in the 60s
The BBHQ Great American Civics Quiz - What every American should know

  The Story of the 70s    The BBHQ Home Page    The 70s Section

BBHQ Boomer-in-Charge Hershel Chicowitz always has something to say, offering a boomer perspective on current events:

In This Week with the Chicowitz, This week, Hershel tells a story about the road to recovery:

I worked the ice line. Bags of ice were stacked on a pallet under a fly. People could drive up and collect up to four bags. Every 20 minutes or so, we had to unload more bags from the trailer and stack them on the pallet. After all, they don’t unload themselves. To do this, we formed an impromptu ice line. Yep; just ordinary folks standing shoulder to shoulder passing bags down the line. It’s not rocket science. But they didn’t need rocket science; they needed an ice line.  

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The BBHQ Feature Book is “Bobby Rydell – Teen Idol on the Rocks.” This is a “behind the scenes” story of one of the boomers’ first rock n’ roll stars. Told in the first person, Bobby chronicles his short ride to the pinnacle of fame and fortune, his glide through the 70s and 80s, and how he nearly lost it all. Relax; it has a happy ending. Bobby was (and is) a “normal” Philly guy... with an absolute love of music and an amazing gift. For any fan of early rock n’ roll, it’s a wonderful story. And yes, Bobby Rydell is still on tour, playing to boomer fans all over the world. Click here for a closer look at the book.

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